Creative Bay of Plenty (CBOP), alongside Smith Consulting, are undertaking an ambitious piece of research to understand how youth within the Western Bay of Plenty perceive and participate in Arts and Cultural activities. Through the development of Toi Moana, the arts sector identified this as a key priority in ensuring that our community can better access and participate in arts and cultural activities.
The objective of this research, in year 1, is to identify current levels of participation and perception, with the intention of tracking this over time. The data collected will provide a platform to develop evidence-based recommendations on arts and cultural provision opportunities.
The research will collect feedback from both sector providers and youth from years 9 to 13, to give us a holistic view on current sector ‘health’. It will capture:
- Stakeholder identification
- Stakeholder interviews including, but not limited to:
- Benefits of arts and culture for youth
- General perception of sector
- Growth perception
- Key challenges for organisation and sector
- Data collection
- Benchmarking - from service providers and youth
- Regional and national comparison, where possible
- Opportunities and recommendations
- For schools
- For sector
- For CBOP
To collect the youth data, CBOP are working with 5 schools across the Western Bay of Plenty, inclusive of:
- Tauranga Boys' College
- Tauranga Girls' College
- Otumoetai College
- Aquinas College
- Katikati College
CBOP will be visiting these five schools to administer an online survey. This survey will capture the randomised voices of 20 students per year group, to a total of 100 students from each school. As a thank you, CBOP will provide a $1000 koha and a subset report back to the school for participating.
We look forward to sharing the insights of this research once complete.